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Daily Digest - May 7, 2018

 

"(The One Church Plan) is a way for us to honor the unique mission that is happening in local churches and in different regions of the church, and therefore begins to extend the witness of The United Methodist Church." — Bishop Bruce R. Ough, outgoing Council of Bishops president. 

Bishop José Quipungo of the East Angola Area (left) and Sue Laurie of Love Prevails, an unofficial group that advocates for the full inclusion of LGBTQ individuals in all aspects of church life, share Holy Communion during the United Methodist Council of Bishops meeting in Chicago. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.
Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

 

NEWS AND FEATURES

 

Bishops' proposal garners range of responses

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — In messages to their areas, United Methodist bishops are choosing to emphasize different parts of their motion for a proposed way forward. Advocacy groups also are making their thoughts known. Heather Hahn, Sam Hodges and Kathy L. Gilbert report on initial perspectives about what the bishops are submitting to the special General Conference in 2019.
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Church ratifies 3 constitutional amendments

CHICAGO (UMNS) — United Methodists said “yes” to the Council of Bishops holding its members accountable and “no” to two constitutional amendments that promoted women’s equality. Heather Hahn reports on the amendment votes certified by the Council of Bishops.
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Ready to assist asylum seekers at border

SAN DIEGO (UMNS) — Christ United Methodist Ministry Center is preparing to accept some of the hundreds of migrants seeking asylum who are gathered at the border. A Methodist pastor in Mexico is coordinating help for migrants in Tijuana with food, clothing and comfort for the children. Kathy L. Gilbert reports.
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Greater New Jersey Conference 
Hispanic worship community launches in New Jersey

PALISADES PARK, N.J. — A new Hispanic worship community, located in an area of immigrants and day-laborers, has gotten off to a good start, with help from a Greater New Jersey Conference grant. Josh Kinney reports for the conference. 
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RESOURCES

 

Archives and History
We Still Believe: Celebrating church's 50 years 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Local churches and annual conferences are encouraged to use a new video on Heritage Sunday May 20 or throughout the year to celebrate the ways The United Methodist Church has been transforming the world since the Uniting Conference in 1968. The project was produced by Discipleship Ministries and the Commission on Archives and History in cooperation with United Methodist Communications.
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COMMENTARIES

 

North Georgia Conference
'Dinner church' nourishes all

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. – At Douglasville First United Methodist’s Dinner Church, volunteers and guests, many of them down and out, share a sumptuous meal and stories of their lives. All benefit as relationships form and faith gets nourished, writes one of the volunteers.
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EVENTS
 

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have a United Methodist event to share, you can add it to the calendar with this submission form.

Wednesday, May 9-Thursday, May 10


Spiritual Writers Conference: Writing for your life

Monday, May 14-Monday, June 4
 

Online children's education workshop: Called to teach

 

 

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